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Mount Carmel towers over 15 miles of Israel's Mediterranean Coastline between Hadera and Haifa. Mount Carmel has always been a symbol of beauty, and whilst it is not especially high, with a peak of just 550m above sea level, the change in scenery from the flat Coastal Plain makes it a striking landform. Ranging views across the flat coastal plain and onto the Mediterranean to the West, and the Alona and later Jezreel Valleys in the Galilee to the East are breathtaking.
Must-eat foods in Shuk HaCarmel, Carmel Market Tel Aviv
Any visitor to Tel Aviv knows that a stop at the famous Shuk HaCarmel (Carmel Market) is a must. The colorful and bustling Tel Aviv market, situated in the heart of the city, contains an overabundance of sounds, smells, flavors, and a sensory experience not to be missed. The market offers a variety of boutique...
Lag B’omer in Mount Meron
Mount Meron is the most interesting place to celebrate Lag B’omer. The mountain, in the Western Galilee region near Safed is the location of the tomb of the Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai (Rashbi), and as such draws tens of thousands of religious Jews from across Israel and beyond who make the annual pilgrimage there lighting bonfires on...
Hof Hacarmel Beaches in Haifa
Hof HaCarmel is the coastal area on Haifa's western side known for its beaches. In the summer, the Dado and Zamir Beaches are full of sunbathers, swimmers and more all taking it easy in the Mediterranean sun. Fishing from the rock outcroppings, watersports such as surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing, and extreme watersports like para-sailing can all be done off the coast. In the winter months, the beaches are dotted with mostly joggers and sightseers and as well as elderly men playing dominoes and backgammon. With copious amounts of cafés and restaurants along the beach strip, the boardwalk is the ideal place to watch the sun set at dinnertime.
Carmelit Underground Train, Haifa
For those touring or staying in Haifa, the Carmelit Underground Train is a handy and fun way to go from the Downtown Haifa area to the Carmel Center. Cut through the rock of Mount Carmel, the Carmelit (as it is called locally) provides easy transportation up the mountain with numerous stops at key locations. Starting from the bottom, at Paris Square in the Downtown area, the train climbs 900 feet with key stops that are close to museums, shops and a hospital until it reaches Gan Ha'Em, the final stop. From end-to-end the ride lasts just 8 minutes.
The Lower Galilee region of Israel is just a one hour drive from the main cities including Tel Aviv, yet is worlds away. The least hilly region of the Galilee, the Lower Galilee stretches from the Jezreel Valley (Valley of the Armageddon in Christianity) on the eastern slopes of Mount Carmel across to the Sea of Galilee. It includes Mount Tavor, Megiddo, Zippori and Mount Gilboa, the town of Nazareth, and amazing numbers of outdoor and leisure pursuits.
Ramat Hanadiv is a unique site located just south of Zichron Yaakov on the southern slopes of Mount Carmel. Ramat Hanadiv is the memorial for the Baron Edmond de Rothschild whose influence was of great importance in establishing communities in the Land of Israel in the early twentieth century. The centerpiece of Ramat Hanadiv, and the fact for which it is most famous, are the beautifully maintained formal gardens which have incredible views and many peaceful and tranquil corners. Ramat Hanadiv also has a visitors center which tells the story of Ramat Hanadiv, and the eco credentials of the building itself which was the first ever certified green building in Israel.
Zichron Yaakov is one of the first 'modern' settlements in Israel. Located upon Mount Carmel, with magnificent views across the Coastal Plain to the Mediterranean, the town was founded in 1882 by 100 Jewish pioneers, returning to their Biblical homeland from Romania. Today, the town is a big tourist center - its quaint main shopping street is lined with cafes which sit alongside historic buildings, whilst the town is also famous for the Carmel Winery, one of Israel's top vineyards which is located here.
Haifa is Israel's third largest city, set on the slopes of Mount Carmel facing the Mediterranean. A traditionally working, industrial city, Haifa is not a tourist destination to rival its big relations Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, although it does have one or two sites which should not be missed. The most famous of these are the Bah'ai Gardens, the part of the international center of this small, yet fascinating religion, as well as Haifa's restored German Colony, and the National Museum of Science.
Pavo Brewery, Zichron Yaakov
The Pavo Brewery in Zichron Yaakov is one of Israel's leading micro-breweries. Founded in 2010, Pavo was one of a number of new micro-breweries to open in Israel in what has been a surge of openings over the past few years. Set on the outskirts of the quaint town of Zichron Yaakov, in a beautiful location on the edge of Mount Carmel, Pavo opens its doors to visitors who are welcomed to tour the brewery and taste the beers, and of course, enjoy them in its beer garden, bar, or restaurant!
Clandestine Immigration and Navy Museum, Haifa
Just above the Bat Galim Promenade, at the foot of Mount Carmel in the city of Haifa, is the Clandestine Immigration and Navy Museum. A large museum with many hands-on exhibits including two retired ships and a submarine on display and open for exploring, the museum is operated by the Israeli Navy and Ministry of Defence so don't be surprised to find the front door locked – the guards will open it for you and ask for identification. Once inside, a short video presentation is shown giving a brief overview of the Israeli Navy's history and then the large collection of both clandestine immigration and naval maps, photographs, articles and souvenirs can be browsed. Also, for those interested, a database of war medal and decoration recipients is available behind the guard's booth.
Bahai Gardens in Haifa
The Bahai Gardens is possibly the most distinct tourist attraction in all of Haifa, and is very likely the most visited. Every year, hundreds of thousands of tourists and locals alike travel to the Bahai Gardens on Mount Carmel in Haifa, the most holy site of the Bahai faith. Last year alone, 750,000 people enjoyed the beautiful terraces of the Bahai Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.